**Stress and Endometriosis
-Sometimes the tissue that lines the inside of your uterus starts to grow outside of it.
-This can lead to a painful condition called endometriosis.
-Endometriosis affects about 200 million women worldwide.
-Researchers say there’s an endless loop linking stress and endometriosis symptoms
**Symptoms of Endometriosis include:
-Pain and cramps
-Extra heavy bleeding during your period
-Heavy spotting between periods
-Infertility or trouble getting pregnant
-Stomach problems like constipation, bloating or nausea, especially during your period
-Blood in your urine during your period
-Pain when your bladder is full
-Urgency – feeling like you have to pee all the time
**Mental Health and Endometriosis
-Endometriosis can make you more like to have anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues.
-Researchers say the chronic pain causes a negative cycle that can make other issues like anxiety and depression surface or become worse.
-That, in turn, can worsen your endometriosis pain
-People with a chronic illness are 15%-20% more likely to be depressed than those without one.
**Tiredness and Endometriosis
-Researchers think they’ve found the endometriosis-fatigue connection
-Your immune system kicks on in response to endometrial tissue growing in places it shouldn’t
-That causes inflammation
-Certain cells involved in this process, called cytokines, also cause fatigue
**The Relaxation Response
-The relaxation response is the rest and digest part of the nervous system.
-It basically undoes the work of the stress response after a stressful situation.
-The relaxation response happens when we feel safe, nurtured or taken care of.
-It can block effects from your body’s response to stress.
-This is good for your mental and physical health.
**Effective Relaxation Techniques
-The most effective relaxation technique is one that works for you!
-Different relaxation techniques will help different people at different times.
-What works for you this week, may not work next week.
-But it might work again next month.
-Our needs vary and so it’s important to have a toolbox of relaxation techniques to help you on a regular basis.